The manager of a used car sales dealership contacted the Glendale Police Department to report a burglary that had occurred overnight. During the burglary, fifteen vehicles were stolen with the keys. One of the fifteen vehicles stolen was a 2004 Ford Explorer that was equipped with LoJack.
The Glendale PD verified the theft and entered the vehicle information into the state and federal crime computers which automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Ford.
A short while later, officers from the Phoenix Police Department picked up the silent LoJack signal from the stolen Ford with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTC) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft. Following the directional and audible cues from the PTC, the officers tracked the Ford to an apartment complex near the 4000 block of north 35th Avenue, in Phoenix.
The stolen Ford Explorer was located unoccupied in the parking lot of the apartment complex. The Glendale PD officers responded to the scene and took custody of the Ford. The Ford was towed to their impound yard to be processed for evidence. The Ford was recovered in good condition and was later returned to the dealership.
The area was checked for additional stolen vehicles from the dealership with negative results. The Glendale PD auto theft detectives continue to investigate the burglary and vehicle thefts.
The LoJack® System was installed in the Ford Explorer in October 2006 at Ed Morse Chevrolet- North in North Palm Beach, Florida.